Clindamycin for acne treatment

How clindamycin fights acne-causing bacterium

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We’re here to tell you what we know, but don’t take it as medical advice. Talk to your medical provider about your specific health concerns.

Some bacteria are good and necessary. But when an overgrowth of bacteria disrupts the natural balance in your skin’s ecosystem, topical antibiotics like clindamycin can help put out the fire. Clindamycin is a powerful antibiotic, perfect for battling Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), an acne-causing bacterium that camps out in your pores. Simply put, bacteria are a major cause of acne. Antibiotics kill bacteria.

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What is P. acnes?

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P. acnes lives deep in your pores, feeding on oil (sebum) from your skin. It’s harmless in small quantities, but if a pore is blocked or you have a lot of oil, P. acnes can spread like wildfire. The result? Inflammation and breakouts.

How clindamycin works to fight acne

Clindamycin is like a fire hose aimed straight at P. acnes, putting out that fire. It stops these acne-causing bacteria from multiplying! It also has anti-inflammatory effects (like ibuprofen for a swollen knee), soothing irritation that can make acne worse. In order to prevent acne from becoming antibiotic-resistant (yikes!), experts recommend using clindamycin as part of combination therapy. That’s why Curology formulas contain at least two antimicrobial ingredients.

Clindamycin side effects

The most common side effects of topical clindamycin are dryness, oiliness, itching, and burning. Always contact your medical provider if you’re worried about these (just start a chat if you use Curology), or if you get more extreme (although very rare) side effects like stomach pain or diarrhea.

Where can I get clindamycin?

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Like other antibiotics in the U.S., clindamycin is available by prescription only. Don’t want to bother with the trip to the derm? Chat with a dermatology expert online at curology.com— and get your prescription shipped directly to your door.

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Learn more

Curious about other acne-fighting ingredients? Check out our guides to azelaic acidzinc pyrithione, and tretinoin. See you around!

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